Riyan Parag’s unbeaten fifty guided Rajasthan Royals to a comfortable 6-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians, securing the win with almost five overs remaining.

In their first home game of the season, Mumbai Indians faced a tough challenge against Rajasthan Royals, as Trent Boult and Yuzvendra Chahal wreaked havoc on their batting lineup. Mumbai struggled to 125/9, with Boult dismissing Rohit Sharma, Naman Dhir, and Dewald Brevis for golden ducks in the powerplay.

Captain Hardik Pandya and Tilak Varma attempted a recovery, adding 56 runs for the fifth wicket before Pandya fell for 34 off 21 balls to Chahal, who also removed Varma shortly after. Chahal’s third wicket came in the death overs, dismissing Gerald Coetzee. Tim David’s slow innings of 17 off 24 balls added to Mumbai’s woes as they failed to accelerate towards the end.

Rajasthan’s chase of 126 seemed more a question of when they would win rather than if, despite the early loss of Yashavi Jaiswal. Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler relieved the pressure with timely boundaries but fell in quick succession. Nevertheless, with the modest target, Rajasthan’s batters took their time. Ravichandran Ashwin, batting at number 5, supported Riyan Parag well before departing for 16. Parag, maintaining his calm, guided his team to victory alongside debutant Shubham Dubey, securing yet another fifty. With this, Rajasthan secured their third consecutive win, notably away from home.

Last Updated on April 1, 2024

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